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Shiurim on Chumash and Navi by Menachem Leibtag
In Memory of Rabbi Avraham Leibtag (1 Shvat, 5682 - 5 Adar, 5756)

for PARSHAT TOLDOT

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Shiur #1: Why Yitzchak blesses Esav
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Shiur #2: Be'erot and the Bet HaMikdash

Yitzchak's Blessing of Yaakov and Esav -
Why does Yitzchak prefer Esav over Yaakov? It is commonly understood that Yitzchak can bless only one of his two sons, i.e. either Yaakov or Esav, but not both. Should this understanding be correct, then indeed Yitzchak's choice of Esav over Yaakov is quite disturbing. However, one could suggest that Yitzchak actually plans to bless both of his sons. Should this be true, then his blessing of Esav first may actually make a lot of sense. In this week's shiur, we explore this latter possibility.
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Avot and the Mitzvot -
What mitzvot did the Avot keep? Rashi, commenting on a pasuk in this week's Parsha, claims that the Avot kept the entire Torah - even the Oral Law and later Rabbinic prohibitions. Many other commentators disagree. In Part One, we discuss this pasuk by delving into a little 'parshanut appreciation.' In Part Two, we'll use the Seforno's pirush on this pasuk as a springboard for a discussion on 'wells,' "maase Avot siman la'banim," and a Biblical theme that will serve as a basis for our understanding of the sequence of events in Nviim Rishonim. Online:
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